Harry J. Wenzel Jr.
OKEMOS, MI – On Monday, July 30, Harry Jacob Wenzel passed away at the age of 89 in Okemos, Michigan.
His wife Mary Ellen of 67 years, his children Karen and Kevin, five granddaughters Corey, Amanda, Nellie, Mickayla, and Shyla and four great grandchildren Jarl, Sage, Willow, and Freja, survives him.
Born in Sturgis, Michigan, in 1929, Harry graduated from Sturgis High School and then served his country in the Navy from 1946-1949. He married Mary Ellen Blossom in 1951. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Masters from University of Michigan. He became a secondary school teacher of German and English. Harry taught at Eben Junction, Pontiac, Oak Park, Painesdsle, and Ishpeming High Schools, all in Michigan, before retiring in 1984.
In retirement, Harry enjoyed traveling and volunteer work at St. Vincent/DePaul Society in Ishpeming. He worked with the Kiwanis and was a member of the American Legion.
Services will be held at St. Augustine Church at 546 W. South St., Mason, Michigan on Wednesday, August 1. The family will be available at 2:00 for visitation with the service following at 3:00.
A longtime resident Harry wanted to be buried in the Ishpeming Cemetery in Ishpeming, Michigan. There will be a graveside service on August 6 at 1:00.
Harry will be greatly missed by his wife, two children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Ball-Dunn Chapel in Mason. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.grbdmason.com.